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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looks like a popular spot with locals. We had good food with good service at a decent price. We would ear here again. Atmosphere was cozy.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed January 20, 2024 via mobile

We ate here around 6 o'clock on a Saturday night. No waiting to get a table even though they were very busy. Our waitress was very quick and attentive. We had the Buffalo chicken appetizer which was spectacular. I ordered A Chicken Ruski sandwich, it...was spectacular great flavor. My boyfriend had the Big Daddy burger, also spectacular. We will diffinatly eat here again. The new owner visited each table and was very nice. I had 2 high noon beverages my boyfriend had a large beer we had an appetizer and 2 sandwiches total of $53. Very good portions for value.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed September 3, 2023

Haven't been here for a number of years because there are so many great options in Petoskey. Glad we stopped in for dinner on this Monday, sat outside on their covered tent style patio and were served by Stacey. She did a great job seeing...how it appeared she was the only server our there, and was friendly. Helped with our choices of food, the olive burger was wonderful!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed March 24, 2023 via mobile

Really looking for a good sirloin. Worse is ever had and my grand daughters even smelled bad. My broccoli and carrots were cold, not even warm or tender crisp. Baked potato was good and the e chicken quesadilla was good. Service was probably 3.5 star....Never know til ya try.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Don Damerow, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2023

So sorry that this happened, something went terribly wrong! Please contact me so we can make this right at ddamerow@gmail.com Thank you, Don

Reviewed March 6, 2023

The Side Door Saloon is a very good local pub with a wide variety of pub fare at reasonable prices. They have various specials throughout the week. It is also a nice sized place so you can usually be seated right away.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 2, 2023

I am behind on writing a review. Before writing this review I had forgotten I have eaten here before. We had a different experience this time. The food was good.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed October 4, 2022

My wife and I happened to find this place 2 years ago on a trip to this area, and we couldn't wait to get back! he Pepper Jack Crab Soup is the absolute best crab soup I have ever had, and the olive burger is...the best in Northern Michigan, in my opinion. The staff is very friendly, engaging, and they make you feel right at home. We were back in the area 3 weeks ago, and it was better than ever! We will be back this weekend, and already have lunch planned on Saturday here, and are very much looking forward to it. Great atmosphere, and a fantastic bar food experience! Great work Don and the Side Door staff!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 30, 2022

I picked out a couple of menu items for lunch, then asked the waitress for a recommendation. I ordered the portabella mushroom sandwich. It was the worst that I had ever eaten. The mushroom itself was undercooked (raw) and the pesto aioli sauce tasted like...pure mayonnaise. To make matters worse, the waitress was totally unapologetic. I will not return to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed September 13, 2022

Stopped for lunch. Had the Octoberfest special & it was outstanding. Choice of a smoked pork chop or bratwurst with mashed redskins, sauerkraut & red cabbage. Food was hot & excellent tasting. Staff couldn't have been any nicer. Wonderful experience. Can't wait to come back.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2022

Thank you for stopping, hope to see you again soon! Thank you, Don

Reviewed August 20, 2022 via mobile

There was 9 of us. We had Isabella, as our waitress on a very busy evening. She was excellent! Everyone’s food was very good. I will definitely return.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2022

Thank you for stopping in. Thanks for notice the service provided byIzabelle, she is a very good server! Hope to see you again soon. Thank you,Don

Reviewed July 31, 2022 via mobile

Been here twice. Great food. My BbQ sandwich on a pretzel bun with bacon and cheddar cheese was delicious! My husband liked his Garcia Burger. Mindy was a great server. Last visit in 2019 I had the chicken quesadilla and loved it. Hubby had the...prime rib wrap and thought it was okay. But please, management, oil that cafe (saloon) door to the kitchen and bathrooms We sat right next to it and it drove us crazy! An easy fix!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2022

Thank you for stopping in and noticing the great service by mindy! The swinging doors have been oiled, sorry about that. Glad you enjoyed your meals!Thank you, Don

Reviewed June 12, 2022 via mobile

This was our second visit, but must have never reviewed before. Three beer selection is nice, the outdoor seating is nice with plenty of room and food trucks parked there. Both visits were great!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a great review, hope to see yu again soon!

Reviewed June 6, 2022

I had the Ruski chicken salad sandwich which was delicious! The chicken salad was made with pineapple and dried cherries. Instead of rye bread, I was able to get it on Texas toast. They don't serve french fries as they don't have a fryer- chips...were included with the sandwich. Even though it was busy (Friday night), our waitress was attentive and friendly. The only drawback was that it was very noisy! There were only three of us at a fairly small table and we almost had to scream to hear each other.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you for visiting us, sorry about the noise as it can get loud depending on the type of crowd that is in here! Glad you enjoyed you food and service! Thank you, Don

Reviewed March 25, 2022 via mobile

I ordered the Ahi Tuna. Haven’t had tuna in several years so was excited to see it on the menu. It was rare, and the menu did say rare, but I didn’t expect it to be cool in the center. Likewise, the spinach was undercooked,...and also cool. The sauce on the plate was cold. I would never order this dish again unless I could be guaranteed it would arrive at my table piping hot. To say the least, I was disappointed.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

I am so sorry that this happened and we did not catch it to correct it. Please if this happens (and it does happen occasionally, we are all human) please say something to your server of the MAnager on duty. We would have recooked it...More

Reviewed February 23, 2022 via mobile

I had the Garcia burger. I love this choice. A nice combination of cheese , mushrooms and burger. Though it’s a challenge to eat it on a bun. Sometimes I just get the burger either toppings snd no bun. My favorite!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Don D, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2022

Thank you so much for trying the garcia burger, it's named after one of our guests who served in the military and that's where he got the nickname of Garcia. Thank you, Don

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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